Since early May, the most powerful mass movement that France has ever known has continued to grow. By occupying the factories, workers aim to impose their authority in industry as well as on the whole of society. By occupying the faculties, students are demonstrating their determination to radically transform society.
The breadth of the movement has been such that the bourgeoisie became frightened and is now trying to pull itself together by rallying around a government which was breaking down. its game consists in trying to canalize the present movement, with a view to elections in which the employers’ money and election combinations will allow it to save the essentials.
We cannot fall into such a trap. Only real worker authority in the factories and in society can guarantee lasting satisfaction of our demands. Otherwise the rise in prices and employer repression will quickly reduce to nothing the few advantages that have been won. When the mass of workers decided to pursue their action they understood this very well. They will not give in to threats and intimidation; they have already begun to organize to take over production in the factories, and they will continue the fight.
The consultations requested by the UNEF for the last three days, with a view to organizing a broad inter-union demonstration, could not take place. Certain people seem to have no concrete outlook beyond preparing for the elections. This is not our objective, a popular movement of this kind cannot get bogged down in any electoral operation whatsoever. The UNEF is therefore taking the initiative of calling on students, teachers, and workers to come to a large demonstration on Saturday, June 1, and is inviting the union organizations to join in this call.
DOWN WITH GAULLISM!
POWER TO THE WORKERS!
THE FIGHT CONTINUES!
4 PM MEET AT MONTPARNASSE STATION
(Place du 18 juin)